“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”
― Primo Levi
In my younger days, I was fond of beauty contests — Miss Philippines, Miss Universe, Miss World etc, etc. I think Filipinos have a particular proclivity to watching tall, long-haired, wide mouthed smiling girls in evening gowns parade themselves in high heels and display their wit and intelligence in the so-called “question and answer portion.”
In 1994, the Miss Universe beauty pageant was held in Manila. During the final Q & A, Ms. Sushmita Sen of India was asked this very thought-provoking query — “what is the essence of being a woman?”. I was a teenager in 1994; and given that fact, I would like to be forgiven if I thought (at that time) that that question was “profound” and “philosophical.” Now, when I think back on that Ms. Universe question, I just want to laugh.
The subject of questions come up because in 8 months, my country’s people will have to answer another one that is thrown at them every 6 years — “who will be your next president?”
This blogger just asked some pertinent questions of a Philippine presidential candidate who is now leading the surveys. Have I become so cynical that right now, I don’t really expect an honest answer?